In the shadow of the Super Bowl, unrest and citizen distrust are on the rise in San Francisco. Under the cruel hand of the NFL, the city by the bay has become virtually indistinguishable from the urban hellscapes of dystopian fiction.
Mr. Robot was a thrilling experience because it touched on real-world issues and concerns in a way that felt visceral and grounded. And now, USA’s latest drama, Colony, seems to be pulling off the same trick—only for an alien invasion story.
“Virtual reality, to me, is the only reality.” So begins Uncanny Valley, a short from Argentina’s Federico Heller that’s on the fast track to becoming a feature, thanks to the efforts of Independence Day: Resurgence writer Carter Blanchard. Watch the film below and see why it’s generated so much excitement.
Ben, the protagonist of this film, doesn’t know if the end of the world is real or if it’s all just a nightmare. But! It’s a nightmare that’s so cool that I actually wouldn’t mind living there. I would sit comfortably on a rooftop, grab a beer, and just watch that beautiful world go to hell.
Post-apocalyptic and beautiful are words that I’ve never put in a sentence together until I saw this short film. It takes the exuberant beauty of the ancient temples of Myanmar and incorporates stunning futuristic spaceships to them. That combination creates such gorgeous landscapes that I wish they existed for real.
Dystopian visions of the future always portray scenarios where humans have destroyed Earth and turned it into a desolated and almost uninhabitable place. But our planet probably doesn’t really care. It will just wait us silly humans out until we disappear and then flourish again just as beautiful and full of life as…
What if you lived in a world where every kid got tested for potential depression when they were in elementary school? This video, from Binghamton University, describes new research on how we’d do it.
Technology Begets Technology. I’ve been staring at this banner at the DARPA Robotics Challenge for what feels like a solid minute, trying to figure out what the hell it means.
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey was easily one of our favorite novels published last year — and Joss Whedon agreed with us. So it's fantastic news that this book is becoming a movie called She Who Brings Gifts, starring Glenn Close.
Back in 1991 the BBC visited Los Angeles to ask if it was the city of the future. Their answer? Yes, but not in a good way.
io9 is proud to be distributing new episodes of Haphead every week. In episode 3, we start to see the results of all Maxine's haptic brain interface gaming — she's become a serious ninja. But at home, she's still fighting with her old-school punk dad about being a wage slave.
For the first time ever, io9 has teamed up with indie filmmakers to bring you a science fiction web series. Created by Jim Munroe (Ghosts with Shit Jobs, Infest Wisely), Haphead is the tale of a gamer who is willing to do anything to get her hands on a new "haptic" VR system for games.
Worried you'll be singled out for the hassle and humiliation of a secondary screening at the airport when traveling to another country? Wikileaks has published a leaked document from the CIA that explains what makes agents give travelers a hard time — and how you can prevent it.
Imagine a world so crowded that the only way you can hope to get some private space is by encasing yourself in a fabric cocoon. That's the premise behind Nutshell, a collapsable privacy shield for people suffering from social claustrophobia who just need a few minutes of peace.
Whether by sweeping pandemic, by natural disasters of biblical proportions, by a horde of zombies, or by some unspecified slowly-unfolding environmental destruction, world-destroying fiction is having a moment. But what is it that makes it so appealing to see the world fall down around us?
A geography professor who specializes in food security and an artist have teamed up to create one of the most interesting dystopian comics we've seen in a while. Welcome to the world of #foodcrisis, set in a famine-plagued future that is all too believable.
British company The Affair has created a number of science fiction themed fashion lines, but their latest is a masterpiece. The clothing is all modeled on what people wore in George Orwell's 1984, and comes with a shielded phone pocket made from material can effectively pull you off the grid.
In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own…